Table of Contents
The Daring Dream of Personal Flight
From da Vinci to NASA scientists, humans dream up schemes to soar like a bird. Are we there yet?
Starting From Ground Zero
Ten years after 9/11, how have the survivors healed—and what wounds still remain?
Joy for Orphan Elephants
With the right kind of milk (and the right kind of love), a traumatized calf can make it.
Miracle of the Adirondacks
New York's park is blessedly remote, divinely beautiful, and unbelievably complicated.
Birth of a New Brazil
Big families are out. Credit strong-willed women—and the steamy soap operas that inspired them.
The Race to the South Pole
A century ago Scott lost and Amundsen won—partly because he knew when to turn back.
Lost Lords of the Sahara
The fiercely independent Tuareg struggle to survive amid the turmoil of North Africa.
For Murray Fredericks, a desolate salt flat in Australia is the perfect canvas for a study of infinite space.
NOW: March of the Stinkbugs
First seen in Pennsylvania, they're now in 34 states. Can they be quashed?
This month, we explore Daphne Sheldrick's orphan elephant rehab center in Nairobi National Park.
Flashback: Hen Party
Recruits of the Women's Land Army take poultry care in stride while training in Northamptonshire, England, in 1940.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month's issue of the magazine.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.